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Anyone got any idea of the year of this poor old Mercury, even the owners of the yard where she is don't know. She has been used as a hearse, but does not look like she's going anywhere for awhile.
 

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I'm going to take a shot at this, I looked in my "Motors Manaul" and it looks most like the 71 Mercury Brougha,, Marquis. The 72 loos simular but the center grill is a little defferent. If you go back look at the VIN. The first number is the model year. I,E. 2=72, 1=71.
 

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I tried to get a look at the vin today, but its locked and the windows are filthy, will try again tomorrow, she has been sitting there for months, wonder what type of motor she has?
 

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This is not a fool proof method but it usually works.

Go look very closely at the taillights. You will see a number like "sae xxxxx 67b xxx" now you probably have a clue as to which year its is but maybe you're not exactly sure. The number 67b tells us that its a 67, or does it.

If the car used the same tail lights for both 67 and 68 it will most likely have the 67 number so you have to look at other lights such as the parking lights and marker lights. Again this is not fool proof especially if you get conflicting numbers 65b on the front, 67b on the back and so forth. that simply tells you that parts have been carried over from one year to the next. but "most" of the time the tail lights will be correct or the highest number will be the year of the car.

Also, 68 was the first year that side marker lights were federally mandated (in the US of course) on autos for saftey reason so those are good to determine the years from 68 forward.

Go check the lights on your Coug and you'll see what I mean.
 

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My guess for engine codes

H - 351 two barrel
S - 400 two barrel
K - 429 two barrel
N - 429 ThunderJet four barrel
A - 460 four barrel

I doubt it would be a 302 (F) or 351 since this car was built before our great 'gas crisis' of '73.
The 400 made its debut in 72, so if it is a 71 it couldn't be a S.
I don't know the last year they used the 429-2V (K), but I'd imagine it was 71.

Most likely engine candidates for these land yachts are the N-code 429 or the A-code 460.
 

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Tim,
That is a way cool site. Thanks.. It sure can bring back some childhood memories.... Our family owned a lot of those old mercs cause that's all pops would buy. I used to love those breezeway models.....

Don
 

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neat project

some guy comes to the cruses,every once and a while he brings a hearse from the 50"s its all suped up he has (The Last Cruse) on the sides he has also done a few.
 

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Heres a pic of the rear end, its pouring with rain, has been since yesterday, everything is flooded so can't get to it to check the numbers, did'nt want to go there today cos' I know they would have put my Sierra out in the rain, and that just riles the hell out of me, I would have said something and until my car is finished I had better keep all comments to myself.

PS In the first pic of the Marquis you can see a red car in the background, thats my Sierra
 
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